Outlaw Effects Interview With Erik Lind
Feb24

Outlaw Effects Interview With Erik Lind

Montreal, Quebec is the second-largest city in Canada and the 9th-largest in North America. It’s a compact, dense metropolis busting with culture and brimming with diversity, boasting a population of over 3.8 million people in the surrounding area. It’s a place of civilization and a far cry from the American west of the 1800’s. Yet, hidden in this city are two guitarists – Erik Lind and John Kelley – who...

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TC Electronics Helix Phaser
Feb23

TC Electronics Helix Phaser

The phaser is one of those pedals that can make or ruin your tone. When used incorrectly, this box of wavering echo and zing can drive even the most ardent fans to hit the kill switch on a band. Used correctly though, it can be used in just about any genre of music from rock, to psychedelic to country. Eddie Van Halen and Jimmy Hendrix used copious amounts of phase in their various tone incarnations and they seemed to do pretty well....

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Sub Octave Bass | Red Witch Factotum
Feb19

Sub Octave Bass | Red Witch Factotum

Some of the best things come out of New Zealand. The inventor of Bungy Jumping – Alan John Hackett – hails from New Zealand as does Sir Edmund Hillary, the guy who was the first to summit Mount Everest. NZ produces a seemingly infinite number of ‘please sir, may I have another’ wines and it is the stomping grounds for the fictional characters from the Lord of the Rings novels. In fact, without New Zealand,...

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New Matthews Effects Conductor
Feb17

New Matthews Effects Conductor

Out in Eastern-Washington is a boutique builder who’s been carving his own path in the world of guitar effects. Rick Matthews of Matthews Effects started out with an interest in switches that led to a deeper interest in pedal board circuits. Eventually, he found himself being mentored by Keith Vondurhulls of buildyourownclone.com. He has taken what he’s learned and created a nice line of pedals that are meant to inspire...

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Walrus Audio: Bellwether, Vanguard, Luminary
Feb13

Walrus Audio: Bellwether, Vanguard, Luminary

I think builders should always release their new wares in trios. It just adds a great touch of class to rattle off three new items in a time of the year when everyone has something new to offer. Not only that, but Walrus Audios new offerings sounds like a small super-hero team and it’s not hard to decide what their power would be by their names: Bellwether, Vanguard and Luminary. The Bellwether is the master of the delay, with...

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New Line 6 Firehawk
Feb12

New Line 6 Firehawk

You ever get the feeling that Line 6 just likes putting effects in big boxes, just for the sake of putting effects in big boxes? Like somewhere back in the history of their company a marketing guru was like, “You want to get noticed on the shelves in the stores, then our pedals have to be massive!” Probably not, but they do love taking up space on the pedalboard. The thing is, when they do take up space on your board with...

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